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‘Desperate campaign tactic’: Top Republican tears up Pentagon’s new abortion policy

The Austin memo establishes travel and transportation allowances for military personnel and dependents who seek abortions but are forced to travel because they are stationed in states where the procedure is prohibited.

The new policy will not cover the cost of abortions, and federal law prohibits the Department of Defense from paying for the procedure or performing it at its medical facilities in most cases.

Austin’s memo also directs a number of other changes regarding reproductive care, including the implementation of additional privacy protections for troops. He also ordered the department to authorize administrative absences for reproductive care so service members would not need to take time off.

In the memo, Austin said the frequent movement of troops and their families “should not limit their access to reproductive care.” He said the “practical effects of recent changes” in the law will hamper military preparedness.

Rogers, who will likely chair the Armed Services panel next year if Republicans win the House, countered that the move was a misuse of military dollars and demanded answers “about how this memo came about.” .

“Taxpayers’ money meant to deter China and other adversaries should not be wasted on electoral politics,” he said. “The DoD must be stopped from wasting any of its budget on this horrible policy.”

Congressional Democrats, who lobbied to boost military access to abortion following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade this summer, applauded the new policy.

“The practical effect of the Supreme Court’s decision is that troops have been forced to travel greater distances, miss work and pay more fees to access reproductive health care,” the official said. Chairman of the Senate Armed Services, Jack Reed (DR.I.). “Secretary Austin’s orders will help with some of these burdens.”

Some House Democrats pushed unsuccessfully to repeal limits on military medical facilities performing abortions following the ruling. A group of Senate Democrats is pushing to codify the right of service members to use convalescent leave to obtain abortions.

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